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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 445
Gots: 192 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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Photo of jlindros


4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Creamy light head, murky reddish copper brown color.

Nose sweet brown malts, light tart sour malts, caramel, brown sugar, some tart fruit, hints of cherry and berry like fruit, hint of vanilla oak, touch of feusel alcohol.

Taste semi sweet, sour brown malts, tart fruit with light cherry and berry flavor, creamy smooth malts, light vanilla and oak, complex, nice tart light bready malts, light funk and acid with a slight vinegary flavor. Finish lingers forever, lots tart fruit, sour cherry, sour malts, dry and light flemmy, hint of vanilla oak, and bit of booze as it warms.

mouth is med bodied, flemmy, decent carb, light booze warmth.

Overall delicious, almost exactly what I want on a sour, not too sour, nice tart fruit, soured malt flavors, hint of booze, nice vanilla oak rounding, long finish. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 14:46:01 | More by jlindros
Photo of kscaldef


4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Pours a murky red with a nice head. Cherry and blackberry on the nose. On the tongue, it's very tart, and I pick up cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium carbonation. One of my top beers of the tasting.


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:30:41 | More by kscaldef
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-21-2012 21:35:05 | More by janetb
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

02-20-2012 18:08:55 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-20-2012 02:13:17 | More by Rckmo10
Photo of John11486


5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-15-2012 19:39:24 | More by John11486
Photo of seeswo


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

02-05-2012 02:24:32 | More by seeswo
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-03-2012 05:20:36 | More by Ultraman9000
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-02-2012 22:41:22 | More by MisterKilderkin
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-01-2012 20:37:57 | More by StarRaptor
Photo of illidurit


3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a muddy amber color. Sugary acidic aroma, vinegar and alcohol, fruits about to turn. Taste is similar, rather acetic, approaching Flanders territory. Cherry is the most evident fruit, with lesser notes of other berries. Sugary, oaky and a You little boozy. Basically what you’d expect from a Bruery sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 08:29:05 | More by illidurit
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-28-2012 22:24:19 | More by Diomede
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-24-2012 13:12:48 | More by bauermj
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-21-2012 17:04:33 | More by jp7161
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Had at the DC RB tasting thanks to MrChopin (RB); thanks Kevin. 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries and sour blackberries, tart dark fruits, oak, fruity malts, and vinegar. Nice and sour here, really loving the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour raspberries, cherries, and dark fruits, light oak, vinegar, and fruity malts. Not quite as sour as the nose was, but still good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink, not super dry.

o - Overall a very good wild ale; hoping they brew this one again this year since I'm in the reserve society now. Nose is very sour and it is very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:40:28 | More by mdfb79
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-16-2012 18:03:17 | More by HappiestCow
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a sniffer

A: pours a very dark murky brown with a light tan head that foams up semi quickly and slowly but surely fades away. From the first pour i did see some sentiments floating around in the glass.

S: The aromas are hiding on this one, there is no real big standouts. You really have to take in a big sniff to catch faint aromas of the cherries and some vinegar.

T: Big burst of flavor off the bat. Huge hits of the blackberries and cherries, and notes of vinegar, and the oak from the barrel.

M: Nicely carbonated, very smooth but has a bite from the big sour kick.

O: What a beauty, definitely glad I have 2 more of these bottles still. Going to be hard to ration them out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:31:21 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

01-12-2012 07:39:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-08-2012 22:37:36 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-08-2012 20:59:27 | More by imperialking
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-08-2012 20:49:36 | More by clarkenstein
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the December 2011 Clusterfork, in a champagne flute.

Dusky copper, almost clear. A half-finger of bubbly khaki head becomes a big ring, leaving behind some spots of lace.

In the nose: balsamic, toffee, dark cherries, caramel and light hints of pine.

The flavor is marked by big toffee and dark cherry notes offset by heavy balsamic tartness. Burnt sugar, possibly even some toast and just a hint of buttery oak are in there as well. Subtle cocoa and pine. Soft tartness crescendos after the swallow.

Gently, poky carbonation in a fairly viscous medium body. Tartness never gets out of control.

Very nice. I like the soft touch on the sourness and the balance provided by a heaping portion of sweet, sugary malt. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 23:18:59 | More by Phelps
Photo of FosterJM


4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1024th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml


Purchased from The Bruery

App- A murky muddled brown with a bit of red mixed into it. A good two finger semi creme looking head that was fast receding. A nice bit of sticky cling.

Smell- A very tart sour with some berry notes and some oak notes. Wasn't earth shattering on the nose but did leave some nice aromatics from the barrel and the damp pressed fruits.

Taste- A very good sour. One of the best the Bruery has done. Opens with a bit of oak on the flavor and then melds to a little bit of pressed cranberries and then moves to a lactic malty sour flavor. A little bit of a red wine vinegar and sour warhead cherries.

Mouth- A light medium body with a bit of a light medium carbonation with tons of residual cherry/cranberry and malt flavors. A little bit of the oak remains and cascades into a vinegar note.

Drink- I see what all the fuse was about with this beer. It was sour and flavor and balanced. I really like the fruit notes and the oak treatment. I really want another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 05:06:59 | More by FosterJM
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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky brown reddish quickly dissipating whitish head.

S - tart malty, sour berryish. Lots of lactic sourness, very slight acetic note. Aroma is more defined as it warms, more berry on the nose. Little bit of funk also.

T - nice lactic acid taste floods the tongue, but fades quickly. The lingering soured cherry and berry flavor stands out as it goes down ever so smoothly. Little bit of oak too, but only as it warmed. ABV not apparent at all.

M - Thin and dry, nice carbonation that fits the style.

O - Very quality brew. The best 'wild' that the Bruery has put out. Great balance, not too acetic as I've found with other bruery brews. I would never turn this brew down, as it fulfills most everything I want in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:13:16 | More by actone2001
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2012 07:48:33 | More by MrHirschybar
The Wanderer from The Bruery
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